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Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Attack

It was 3:00 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The Valentine candy was completely gone. Not one cookie was left in the cookie jar. This was an emergency situation.....
So I ran for my cupboard and grabbed the quickest, easiest recipe I could find under "desserts", in the little recipe file.

This recipe has saved many lives in our family. It's quick and within 45 minutes your sweet tooth will start to calm down and life returns to almost normal and..., the house will smell wonderful.
Just preheat your oven to 350 degrees; mix all the above ingredients together in a bowl; POUR the mixture into a buttered( or Pam'ed) pie pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool slightly. Get a fork and "Mangia".
If you want to maintain some sense of dignity or you're having company.., or you don't want to set a bad example for your kids.., you can serve the wedges with whipped cream or sprinkle the torte with powdered sugar after baking it. But.., for an emergency just get a fork and dig in.
Now, I know this is not CANDY, but folks, it's time to start making the transition to "better choices". (OMG! That sounded like my doctor.) The purpose of all this is to give you quick, almost immediate relief from the stark realization that the holidays are done and the candy is gone.
This was a rather bad attack..., I even removed things from the freezer and checked the corners, thinking that I might have stuck some candy in there under the mistaken notion that the frozen candy would be eaten more slowly. Sound familiar?
For the moment I'm in ll cielo dolce (sweet heaven) and my grandmother's words are coming back to me from across the years...
"Chi s'aiuta, Dio l'aiuta."
Which translates to...God helps those who help themselves.

Bon Appetito

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  1. I can SO relate to this. I get on these little waves, too, when the candy/sugar/treats run out. I am going to make this recipe -- it looks just perfect.


  2. Were you looking through my window? Just yesterday I tore my freezer apart looking for that one little frozen Peppermint Patty that fell into the corner. No luck. We always have apples around. Thanks for the great sweet tooth fix. It looks yummy.

  3. Perfect! I've been putting off buying any "sweet treats" because I know what I'm like... but this is perfect! Good ingredients, simple to make, and healthier than candy!
    It doesn't get any more perfect than that!

  4. Your torte looks delicious, and it was so quick and easy! Apple desserts have a somewhat "elegant" appeal - so it looks like they were fussed over. Thank you for the recipe! I will surely try it.

  5. it's good to ease into things...like cutting back on sweets, wouldn't want to do any damage by going cold turkey! Sounds like a good recipe, I'm going to print it up and give it a try. Thanks, enjoy your day and be careful of the three o'clocks ;p

  6. I should have known after reading your blog that you'd be familiar with Rainer Maria Rilke. He's one of my favorite poets. And your grandmother was correct... God does help those that help themselves. I think I'm going to make gingerbread this evening... maybe...


  7. I would like to share some of the those apple tortes with you. I am not much of a sweet eater, but these sure sound good.

  8. Yummmm, feel free to bring one to class in April!! Take care, see you soon Connie. Hugs, Riki

  9. Thanks for sharing this recipe sounds delicious and easy to make. I will have to try it. I have always believed God does help those that help themselves. Have a blessed Sunday. Madeline

  10. Now Ellie Mae... This is just the sugar fix I can handle. I can substitute Splenda for the sugar and I will be good to go. Thank you for the smile today. They have been few and far between this weekend.

    Love ya girl,

  11. I am so happy that you found our blog, because now I have found yours, and I have only just begun with this one post, but I can already tell that I like you!!

  12. Hello from Australia...it was a lovely surprise to come across your blog & I am looking forward to looking through here some more.
    I love the look of this recipe & am keen to give it a go.
    Thank You! Cheers Katherine


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